J.D. Roybal whose first name was Jose, and whose Tewa name was Oqwa (Rain God), was a well-known Native American painter from San Ildefonso Pueblo. He was born November 7, 1922 at San Ildefonso, the son of Tonita and Juan Cruz Roybal and nephew of two popular Pueblo artist, Alfonso Roybal and Awa Tsireh, the latter of whom taught him the traditional style of Pueblo painting. J.D's paintings focused on dance ceremonies of the San Ildefonso, and were characterized by multiple figures. He used water based paints for his work. In his work there prevails fine color, excellent detail, and small and fine outlines, gesturing figures, and pleasing combinations of heavy conventional themes with realistic subjects. More importantly his devotion to traditional Pueblo painting made him a significant San Ildefonso painter. This is a fine painting to add to your collection.